Few would dispute Sydney’s position as the premier city for events in Australia. Its NYE fireworks display is renowned across the globe, as are its numerous festivals, sporting contests as well as celebratory events throughout the year. Even though it may be cold, the events calendar down under doesn’t stop spiting heat.
Sydney Winter Events
Here are some of the hottest events coming up in Sydney over the colder months:
Vivid Sydney (22nd May – 2nd of June)
One of Sydney’s signature events, Vivid Sydney features an outdoor pseudo “gallery” of incredible lighting sculptures incorporating some of Sydney’s marquee attractions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Darling Harbour and the Sydney Opera House. Outside of the light show, there are also live music performances (Sufjan Stevens will be performing this year) and creative forums.
State of Origin (27th May)
There are few rivalries more fierce than the one between NSW and QLD. State of Origin kicks off in NSW so show the Blues your support by donning the sky blue and cheering the boys on down at ANZ Stadium located in Sydney Olympic Park.
Sydney Film Festival (3rd June – 14th June)
As the pre-eminent arts & culture capital of Australia, it is only fitting that one of the biggest film festivals is held in the harbour City. The Sydney Film Festival (SFF) is in its 62nd year and continues to showcase the best in cinema from across Australia as well as around the globe. This year, the Sydney Film Festival is introducing a ‘gourmet cinema’ option which grants audiences dinner as well as a food-centric feature. Check the SFF website for more details.
Matilda the Musical (28 July – 25 October)
Roald Dahl’s classic story is finally brought to life on stage in Matilda the Musical. This award winning production makes its ways to Australian shores starting from July. The beloved tale centres on Matilda, an extraordinary girl who is determined to change her destiny by the power of will and a few extra powers that only she possesses. It’ll be performed at the Lyric Theatre in Pyrmont.
Netball World Cup (7th August – 16th August)
Australia is a netball powerhouse. Watch as they try to defend their Netball World Cup title on home soil. All the top ranked sides in the word (England, Jamaica, New Zealand) are fit and firing so there should be plenty of excellent competition.
Whether you’re a local or visiting Sydney, there’ll be plenty of things to do to help fight off the winter blues.